Surprise Guest Betty Who Drop In On Jake Wesley Rogers’ Performance at WeHo Pride Thoughts+Photos: Jake Wesley Rogers @ OUTLOUD RAISING VOICES FEST IN WEHO 6/4/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… Looking at Jake Wesley Rogers now, you’d have no clue that he got his start in the music business by appearing on America’s Got Talent. At the age of 15, Rogers made it to the quarterfinals of the seventh season of the popular televised talent show. Ten years later, he has been dubbed Gen Z’s Elton John, even getting a cosign from the legend himself. He also was hand-picked by Ben Platt to join him on tour, which just wrapped up in April. Most recently he was a guest judge on HBO’s Legendary and performed his single “Lavender Forever”, an ode to self-acceptance.
The endless comparisons to the Rocket Man were visible and audible the second that Rogers graced the stage. He fervently played the piano for the majority of his set, banging his head to and fro. There was an apparent element of theater in his performance as his entire band was dressed in white suits with tailcoats and Rogers did numerous costume changes throughout. He started in a long glittery red coat, then changed into an equally long gold frilly top, and ended his set in a black leather top with only long sleeves and straps running across his chest. Towards the end, he brought out Betty Who to sing a cover of “Like A Prayer”, which was more than enthusiastically received by the crowd. Jake Wesley Rogers may not be a household name just yet, but his undeniable showmanship will surely pivot him into the mainstream lens soon enough …”
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